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Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s John Williams and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.

EPISODE 67
June 15

Listen: A nation reflects on a tragic shooting

A deplorable act of violence, this time targeted at a congressional baseball team. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 66
June 7
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, left, and National Securi...

Listen: Capitol Hill hearings amplify Russia issue

Senators questioned top Trump officials as Washington braced for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Thursday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 65
May 31
Gov. Mark Dayton at his news conference early Tuesday evening.

Listen: Legislative loggerheads

The special session in St. Paul still didn't solve the impasse between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-led Legislature. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 64
May 24
Some lawmakers huddled under blankets at 6:33 a.m. as the special sess...

Listen: Legislative session goes up to – and over – the last minute

Despite a budget surplus and a special session, lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on key budget bills. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 63
May 17

Listen: Turmoil at home as Trump heads abroad

Continuing controversy regarding Russia and the FBI engulfs Washington as the president gets set for his first major diplomatic trip. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 62
May 10

Listen: FBI firing rocks Washington

President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey ramps up the Russia issue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.
EPISODE 61
May 3

Listen: Legislature stalled over transit, other issue roadblocks

The GOP-led House and Senate differ sharply from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton as time slips away on the 2017 session. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 60
April 26
President Donald Trump poses for a photograph Friday along the West Wing Colonnade at the White House after an interview with the Associated Press.

Listen: 100 days of upheaval

Has there been more political than policy change during the president's first few months? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D. J. Tice.
EPISODE 59
April 19

Listen: Special election in Georgia turns into Trump referendum

An Atlanta-area House race reflects a national split on the president's performance. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 58
April 6

Listen: Deep divisions at the State Capitol

A projected budget surplus hasn't yet bought political compromise between Gov. Dayton and the Republican House and Senate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 57
March 29

Listen: Gorsuch vote is Washington's next flashpoint

The impending vote on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, the president's rollback of Obama-era environmental measures and ongoing fallout on the failure of the House healthcare bill are among the issues discussed on this week's "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 56
March 23

Listen: Another wild week in Washington

The capitol roiled from hearings on the Russian meddling in the U.S. election, the healthcare debate, and a Supreme Court nomination. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 55
March 16

Listen: Trump's taxes (and Rachel Maddow's reporting) in spotlight

A busy news week in Washington and St. Paul includes more questions than answers regarding the president's tax returns. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash.
EPISODE 54
March 9
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin described the proposal as a “conservative wish list.”

Listen: GOP resistance over Obamacare replacement

Democratic opposition to the House plan was expected, but Republicans pose the most significant hurdle. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J.Tice.
EPISODE 53
March 1

Listen: Hard work ahead after Trump speech, state budget forecast

Congress and the Minnesota Legislature must focus on governing after president's address and an update on state revenues. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 52
February 22

Listen: Keith Ellison and the future of the Democratic National Committee

This weekend's election for DNC chair will signal a direction for the Democrats in the Trump era. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 51
February 15

Listen: Flynn's resignation and the Russian question

Scrutiny intensifies after reports of Trump campaign contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 50
February 9
Ted Mondale and Michele Kelm-Helgen responded after Minnesota Legisla...

Listen: Suite use prompts capitol grilling

A report from the legislative auditor found the use of luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium to be unethical. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 49
February 1

Listen: Consequential confirmation votes ahead

Senate showdowns still await some of President Trump's cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court selection. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 48
January 25

Listen: Dayton, health care in Capitol spotlight

Gov. Mark Dayton's cancer diagnosis comes amid debate over state priorities. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 47
January 18

Listen: An unprecedented presidency begins

What does the turbulent transition presage for President-elect Trump? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 46
January 11

Listen: Trump meets the press

The president-elect held his first news conference since July. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 45
January 4
Dan Stewart and Par Kamrath of JE Dunn dusted on the third floor just...

Listen: A new session at a refurbished capitol

Political focus shifts to St. Paul as the 2017 legislative session commences. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 44
December 21, 2016

Listen: Counterterrorism in the Trump era

A new name – and new policies – may be in store for efforts to counter violent extremism. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.
EPISODE 43
December 14, 2016

Listen: Russia's role in election roils transition

President-elect Donald Trump chooses a secretary of state amid allegations of Russian influence in the U.S. election . Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.